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When is HDPC-20 going to be released? (UPDATE: Product has been suspended)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by smiddy, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Dec 9, 2008 #261 of 296
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    If not that DRM paranoia, you can use the box right now. :(
  2. drjenk

    drjenk Cool Member

    Sep 10, 2004

    Now there does not exist yet a way to capture HD, but a dev assured me the haugpagge hd capture device will be supported in the future.
  3. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    You can use the Blackmagic card to capture HD using an HDMI link right now.
  4. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Looks a lot like what Chris posted earlier ;)
  5. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    If they made some major software modifications, it could probably be done. But they're not going to do that to a DVR.
  6. flipptyfloppity

    flipptyfloppity New Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    You cannot connect a USB host to a USB host. And both your PC and PVRs are USB hosts, thus they cannot speak to each other at all over USB. I'd rather do any of that kind of stuff over ethernet anyway.
  7. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    I wonder if the company will make, or does make, a Blackmagic card that will fit in a laptop, or will this card fit?
  8. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    This is one of the reasons why I posted EXACTLY what DirecTV gave me. I didn't want to interpret the statement and say something that might be incorrect.
  9. rgreenpc

    rgreenpc AllStar

    Mar 5, 2004
    What gets me is that I have been a loyal DirecTV user for eons and I have been hoping and praying for this. I am really at the breaking point though and am ready to scrap it all and go with a cable card system.

    I like the MC interface.. I think the DirecTV DVR setup is clunky and worthy of a UI designed in the Windows 3.1 era.

    If/when the new Tivo boxes come I would consider switching over, but I would need whole-house distribution and shared recording.

    My only other option is Sage and as many people who have Sage have issues with their HD-PVR boxes as do cablecard users.

    Thanks DirecTV... for the first time in 13 years, I am considering cable.

    Rain fade didn't do it, solar outages didn't do it... you did it yourself.

    Sorry just letting off some steam.
  10. nc88keyz

    nc88keyz Legend

    Aug 12, 2007
    i was looking forward to extenders with MC and directv.

    I wanted to get rid of the $5 fees. Oh well.

    I figured in 2 years the xboxes or whatever hd extended would have paid for itself around the 199 mark or so.

    i wasnt sure how it would all work out but now we wont know at least with the HDPC-20. I was very much so looking to this device.

    According to some rumors appears dish is working with Microsoft as well, Some pictures of the ehome tour from engadget indicate this as well.

    Why ....just why directv. This would have been a crucial project because you are leading and not following for a dbs content provider.
  11. HDTVFreak07

    HDTVFreak07 Icon

    Sep 12, 2007

    I was seriously looking forward to getting HDPC-20 and now my anticipations and hopes are shot. They better come up with something new so I can use Windows Media Center because I truly love the way I watch TV using WMC. With WMC, I can get more information on actors/actresses, see what other programs and/or movies they're involved with, check the weather without leaving a TV program, etc. I can understand that I can still connect HR or H receivers to a computer but it's not the same thing. HDPC-20 would have been a perfect fit for my home entertainment center or system.
  12. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The Blackmagic card may not work well with DVRs that are expecting to see terminal devices on the other end.
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    It is baffling how they equate the word "canceled" with the word "suspended". Someone needs to find a new online dictionary/thesaurus.
  14. BAHitman

    BAHitman Godfather

    Oct 23, 2007
    Austin Texas
    very disappointed... have a system ready to go now with 2 HDHomeruns and was looking forward to adding 2 HDPC20's... guess I don't need to buy extenders now...

    very disappointing...
  15. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    I'd been waiting and waiting. When my Dishplayer died a few days ago I had to make a decision and E* offered me a good HD upgrade in exchange for a 2 year commitment. I *really* wanted the HDPC20 and was in the process of building a PC for it but first the delay, then the DP death forced my hand as my widescreen is being delivered Saturday.

    I wonder if, perhaps, they've decided to go a route that E* seems to be taking? Engadget.com showed a picture of a media extender that had Dishnetwork as one of it's options - think 'Watching E* on an Xbox 360'.

    I can imagine that support for an Xbox-based solution would be cheaper than a PC-based one.
  16. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    If Sony or Microsoft wrote a DLNA compliant client for their game consoles, we'd be playing DIRECTV recordings today.

    As for HDPC-20, I don't think DRM was the killer.

    And as we've seen, the hardware was all set and ready to rock. Dish and DIRECTV both have mentioned the cause of the delays in their PC based tuners in the past...

  17. BarkingGhost

    BarkingGhost Legend

    Dec 29, 2007
    NE Atlanta...
    Strange, I thought the tuners were external and the only thing the PC was doing was acting as a storage hardware solution and maybe a playback video device. Of course, I haven't read the first 275 posts either.
  18. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005

    You are mostly correct. The HDPC-20 was basically a two tuner standard receiver without the video outputs. It tuned, granted access, received alerts and guide info, and converted to USB.

  19. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    A nice idea that's being put on the shelf for now (based on economic conditions forcing them to take another look at priorities).....seems like a good business decision, but not necessarily a popular one with a limited group of early adopters who were looking forward to this. Oh well.
  20. rebkell

    rebkell Godfather

    Sep 9, 2006
    I guess that would depend on your perspective.

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